Report: West Ham want Fenerbahce's Vedat Muriqi after England performance

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates with Serge Gnarby after scoring his team's second goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz...

Vedat Muriqi scored against England and has been compared to Lewandowski - no wonder Premier League side West Ham United want him.

Vedat Muriqi (94) of Fenerbahce celebrates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Fenerbahce and Gazisehir Gaziantep at Ulker Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on...

The race to sign Fenerbahce goal machine Vedat Muriqi is heating up with Sabah claiming that West Ham United have joined London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in chasing a striker who has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski.

The 25-year-old has barely stopped scoring in the last 12 months. After hitting 17 for Caykur Rizespor last season, he got his big break at Fenerbahce and hasn’t looked back.

 

A hulking 6ft 4ins centre-forward with his hair tied up in a bun, Muriqi shares a number of similarities with Ibrahimovic on the pitch and off it too, though Fenerbahce team-mate Max Kruse feels he more closely resembles Bayern Munich’s evergreen number nine.

“I compare him to Lewandowski. I think he will be at Bayern's level in 2-3 seasons,” Kruse told Aksam this week.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring fifth goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 06, 2019 in...

And after a goal in Kosovo’s thrilling 5-3 defeat to England at St Mary’s on Tuesday night, West Ham have joined the race for a player who might well be on his way out of Fenerbahce after just half a season at the Istanbul giants.

The report adds that Napoli, AC Milan and Inter would love to bring the late-blooming 25-year-old to Serie A while Muriqi has admirers in Spain too in the shape of Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

But with West Ham paying a club-record fee to sign Sebastien Haller to the London Stadium over the summer, would Davids Gold and Sullivan be willing to invest a huge sum in another centre-forward come the turn of the year?

Vedat Muriqi of Kosovo scores his sides third goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between England and Kosovo at St. Mary's Stadium on September 10, 2019 in...

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